The Month of October By Sugee Kannangara
The name October derives from the Latin ‘Octo’ which means eight. However, with the many changes to original Roman calendar, it is now the 10th month!
October marks many significant days. Starting with 1st celebrating
International Older Persons, 2nd is International Day of NonViolence. In 2021, World Habitat Day falls on 4th and 5th is World Teachers’ Day. World Mental Health Day observed on 10th raises awareness of the role of the individual to prevent suicide.
11th is dedicated to the Girl Child and 13th to Disaster Risk Reduction. 14th marks World Sight Day raising awareness of the vision impairment and blindness and World Standards Day, the importance
of standardization to the global economy. Global Handwashing Day, White Cane Day are marked on 15th and World Student Day which pays respect to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and his role as a teacher throughout his scientific and political careers.
World Food Day is celebrated on 16 October to inspire people about healthy diets was launched in 1945.
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on 17 October. Economists observe poverty as the world’s worst scourge. Eradication of poverty demands both the political will and the dedication of the individual.
World Statistics Day celebrated every five years on October 20, was first observed in 2010. The day was created to acknowledge the importance of data authenticity and credibility across the globe.
United Nations Day marked on 24th was founded in 1948 to celebrate United Nations established in 1945. United Nations is the world’s most important intergovernmental organization to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.